The Honor Societies Induction Ceremony and Recognition of Distinguished Scholars program was held Thursday night at Xavier High School in Kohs Gymnasium. A few things about the ceremonies:
This Year's National Honor Society Officers
Part of the induction includes a candle lighting ceremony, in which all National Honor Society members participated: president Emad Cheema, first vice president Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, second vice president Alexander Inglis, secretary Joseph Marcin, treasurer Sean Kelly, and the three chapter historians, Nathan Barandon, Peter Cavaliere, and Vincent Miano.
All members of the National Honor Society must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher and perform 12 hours of NHS service for each year of membership. The four qualities of scholarship, service, leadership and character must be maintained by all members of the NHS.
Xavier's NHS Chapter
The Monsignor Wilson Chapter of the NHS is named after the Right Rev. Monsignor James J. Wilson, whose portrait was on stage Thursday night. Monsignor Wilson was the pastor at St. Francis Church in Middletown, very involved in advancing Catholic education and instrumental in obtaining the parcel of land on which Xavier stands today.
The Nine Honor Societies Participating
The nine honor societies that participated in Thursday night's ceremonies and the moderator:
National Honor Society: Ms. Jayne Vitale
Spanish Honor Society: Mrs. Heidi Lane
French Honor Society: Ms. Michele Gerardi
Latin Honor Society: Brother John Sullivan
Science Honor Society: Dr. Frank DiCapua
Mathematics Honor Society: Mr. Ryan Pipke
Social Studies Honor Society: Mr. Aaron King (Xavier's chapter is named after Brother Thomas Ryan, C.F.X., who teaches social studies here)
English Honor Society: Ms. Katherine Lee (Xavier's chapter is named after the late Brother Harold Pray, a graduate who also taught here).
International Thespian Honor Society: Mrs. Tracy Costa
Many students were inducted into multiple societies, as many as six or seven for some students.
Distinguished scholars recognized were Nathan Barandon, Michael Bevilacqua, Aiden Cardozo, Emad Cheema, Robert Cozean, Benito Elcuri, Landon Ghiroli, Ben Howell, Alexander Inglis, William Kaye, Ethan Kerr, Akshay Khunte, Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, Hyun Lee, George Luke, Aidan Lynch, Brad Malicki, Joseph Marcin, Sean McKenna, Vincent Miano, Fabian Morales, Alex Pralea, Joel Quan, Jakob Slason, Luke Tischio, Ryan Robin and Matthew Zablocki.
National Merit Commended StudentsNational Merit Commended Students honored were Robert Cozean, William Kaye, Justin-Bryle Lanzuela, George Luke, Sean McKenna.
More coverage of Thursday night can be found on our Facebook page (facebook.com/XavierHighCT).
Xavier High School is a private, Catholic all-boys school in Middletown, CT.